Derek Brunson Admits He ‘Fought With No Gameplan’ In Mebourne

Formerly surging middleweight Derek Brunson may have earned a $50,000 bonus for his part in last night’s “Fight of the Night”-winning slugfest with Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC Fight Night 101 from the Rod Laver in Melbourne, Australia, but that isn’t much of a consolation prize for the veteran fighter. Suffering a

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Formerly surging middleweight Derek Brunson may have earned a $50,000 bonus for his part in last night’s “Fight of the Night”-winning slugfest with Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC Fight Night 101 from the Rod Laver in Melbourne, Australia, but that isn’t much of a consolation prize for the veteran fighter.

Suffering a first-round TKO due to a vicious onslaught of hands and feet from Whittaker, Brunson’s five-fight win streak came to a screeching halt in perhaps his most pivotal bout, and many are still wondering why he chose to rush in so carelessly winging power shots.

Brunson knows it wasn’t the most effective path to a win, revealing his thoughts at the UFC Fight Night 101 post-fight presser via Submission Radio:

Brunson admitted that he fought with ‘no gameplan’ and perhaps got caught up in the emotions of his winning streak:

“It definitely sucks. Put together a streak and worked really hard to. But when you come out here and fight with no gameplan, I looked like a chump out here tonight, but I take it on the chin, take it for what it’s worth. I know I’m better than I showed, this sport is growing and it’s about patience rather than getting caught up in, you know, five in a row, wanting a title shot, main event; but remembering to put on a great fight and also be smart.”

Asked about what prompted such a reckless performance, Brunson said the change of the fight from three rounds to a five-round main event may have played into how he fought, and also the obvious push for fighters to stop fights impressively lead to him looking for a huge stoppage:

“Yeah, it was the main event, you know? It was originally supposed to be three rounds, I fell into the whole, got impressed, we didn’t really prepare for five rounds. But I was in really good shape to go if we need to go. I was just relying more on the fact that, not looking past Whittaker because I know what was at stake, but just trying to impress because I know what this sport is about.”

The Jackson-Winkeljohn will now look to rebound in the talented 185-pound fray, and it would seem if he could only reign in his all-out aggression, he has the talent and experience to become a top contender.

Thanks to his admittedly careless effort last night, however, it’s Whittaker who is now on the very outside of the title picture.

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Steadily Climbing 185-Pound Rankings, Robbert Whittaker Knows Who He Wants Next

Coming off of his impressive first round knockout victory over Derek Brusnon last night (Saturday November 26, 2016), surging UFC middleweight contender Robbert Whittaker has his eyes fixed on one day hoisting up the 185-pound title, and he has an idea of who he wants inside the Octagon next to help him get there. During

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Coming off of his impressive first round knockout victory over Derek Brusnon last night (Saturday November 26, 2016), surging UFC middleweight contender Robbert Whittaker has his eyes fixed on one day hoisting up the 185-pound title, and he has an idea of who he wants inside the Octagon next to help him get there.

During the UFC Melbourne post-fight press conference last night, courtesy of MMA Junkie, Whittaker expressed interest in a potential throw-down with No. 5-ranked Gegard Mousasi next:

“He’s a top athlete, he’s a top fighter, and he’s a cool dude,” Whittaker said. “If that’s a fight the UFC wants, that’s a fight they’ll get.”

In the midst of Brunson’s usual first round blitz against Whittaker last night it seemed as though at one point the Australian was in trouble after eating a few shots from the heavy-handed Brunson. Whittaker would instead insist, however, that he was in fact not hurt but was instead just moving back to avoid anymore shots:

“It’s funny, because I actually remember in the fight as I was backing away, I was thinking, does he think he rocked me? I wasn’t rocked,” Whittaker said. “I was still in it. A lot of people were critical of his game plan charging forward, but ask the last four dudes. He takes you out of it.”

In the end Whittaker simply wants to prove he is belonging in the conversation of today’s top 185-pound competitors, and is looking for the hardest fights possible to prove so:

“I think they understand I’m for real and I’m here to stay,” Whittaker said. “This is my run.”

“I just want to move up. I want to take these hard fights, and fight these tough dudes and eventually fight for the belt. If I’m healthy and I’m ready, I’ll fight anywhere, any time.”

Is a match-up with Mousasi what makes sense in the next step for the steadily rising Whittaker? Or perhaps a different bout would better help his claim to fame? Let us know who you think the ‘The Reaper’ should throw-down with next.

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UFC Fight Night 101 Biggest Star: Robert Whittaker (Editorial)

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Robert Whittaker was presented with a main event fight live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 101.

And “The Reaper” delivered.

The 25-year-old from New Zealand overca…

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Robert Whittaker was presented with a main event fight live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 101.

And “The Reaper” delivered.

The 25-year-old from New Zealand overcame an incredible start by Derek Brunson to delight the Melbourne, Australia crowd with a first round finish. For the former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner, it marked a fifth consecutive win since moving up to middleweight from welterweight.

Whittaker, who holds black belts in Hapkido and Karate, along with a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, dug deep to take out Brunson. He didn’t necessarily use any of those incredible skills, he just showed heart.

After back-to-back losses to Court McGee and top welterweight contender Stephen Thompson, Whittaker likely saved his own career with a win over Mike Rhodes in home hometown of Auckland. After that, he moved up to middleweight and has done nothing but dominate.

He finished both Clint Hester and Brad Tavares, adding decision wins over Uriah Hall and Rafael Natal to his resume. Whittaker is a rock-solid 8-2 in the UFC and has finished four of those foes.

So why is no one talking about him?

Whittaker doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. People are talking and the middleweight division is definitely on notice for this one.

UFC Fight Night 101 Biggest Star: Robert Whittaker (Editorial)

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT2o2Ev12EQ[/embed]

Robert Whittaker was presented with a main event fight live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 101.

And “The Reaper” delivered.

The 25-year-old from New Zealand overca…

robert-whittaker

Robert Whittaker was presented with a main event fight live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 101.

And “The Reaper” delivered.

The 25-year-old from New Zealand overcame an incredible start by Derek Brunson to delight the Melbourne, Australia crowd with a first round finish. For the former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner, it marked a fifth consecutive win since moving up to middleweight from welterweight.

Whittaker, who holds black belts in Hapkido and Karate, along with a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, dug deep to take out Brunson. He didn’t necessarily use any of those incredible skills, he just showed heart.

After back-to-back losses to Court McGee and top welterweight contender Stephen Thompson, Whittaker likely saved his own career with a win over Mike Rhodes in home hometown of Auckland. After that, he moved up to middleweight and has done nothing but dominate.

He finished both Clint Hester and Brad Tavares, adding decision wins over Uriah Hall and Rafael Natal to his resume. Whittaker is a rock-solid 8-2 in the UFC and has finished four of those foes.

So why is no one talking about him?

Whittaker doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. People are talking and the middleweight division is definitely on notice for this one.

Photo: FOX Sports Revealed Main Event Result Before Fight Had Started

UFC Fight Night 101 went down in Melbourne, Australia last night, and it was a great card. As predicted, the promotion’s first event in Melbourne since UFC 193 was a success. Although featuring just three finishes from 13 bouts, the card was devoid of huge stars, and so pulled off a respectable performance. Leading UFC

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UFC Fight Night 101 went down in Melbourne, Australia last night, and it was a great card. As predicted, the promotion’s first event in Melbourne since UFC 193 was a success. Although featuring just three finishes from 13 bouts, the card was devoid of huge stars, and so pulled off a respectable performance. Leading UFC Fight Night 101 was a main event between hometown favorite Robert Whittaker and heavy-hitting contender Derek Brunson.

Putting in a one-round war for the ages, Whittaker and Brunson wowed the crowds. Arguably one of the most exciting rounds of 2016, Whittaker came back from being battered to finish Brunson before the round ended. ‘The Reaper’ blasted the Renzo Gracie/Jackson’s MMA product with a harsh head kick, finishing with strikes on the mat.

Joshua Dahl for USA TODAY Sports
Joshua Dahl for USA TODAY Sports

Early FOX Results…

Emerging on Reddit, as pointed out by user ‘IMac187,’ the result of the main event bout was announced before the fight had even begun. Perhaps it was just a mix up on the ticker, but it clearly stated the end result before Whittaker and Brunson had even touched gloves.

Take a look:

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Weird

Obviously just a co-incidence, but still weird given the timing. Whittaker moves on to fringe title contendership by defeating Brunson down under. For his opponent, it’s back to the drawing board, although he lost very little stock with his thrilling performance. Given the state of the top five at 185 pounds, Whittaker’s emergence as a legit force could prove refreshing.

Michael Bisping is currently aligned with Yoel Romero for mid-2017, Luke Rockhold was recently injured, so perhaps Chris Weidman is an option for Whittaker. Maybe even the (potentially) returning Rashad Evans would be a possibility for ‘The Reaper’ in his next bout. Thanks to his crushing KO against Brunson, Robert Whittaker is now unbeaten in five at middleweight.

Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts USA Today Sports
Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts USA Today Sports

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Video: Highlights Of Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson From UFC Fight Night 101

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In the main event of UFC’s return show in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, UFC contender Robert Whittaker scored a fast stoppage of Derek Brunson, finishing the durable challenger a few ticks after the four minute mark …

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In the main event of UFC’s return show in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, UFC contender Robert Whittaker scored a fast stoppage of Derek Brunson, finishing the durable challenger a few ticks after the four minute mark of the opening frame.

Featured above are “Full Fight Highlights” released via the UFC On FOX YouTube channel after the UFN 101 Post Show on FS1 after the fights.

For complete UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson results, click here.